15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
7
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, stroll around Ueno Park, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and make a trip to Tokyo National Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip builder site.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in April, with highs in Tokyo at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
On the 10th (Fri), walk around Arakurayama Sengen Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Kawaguchi, then make a trip to Chureito Pagoda, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, and finally don't miss a visit to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip maker.

Drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Fujiyoshida
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Chureito Pagoda ©
Chureito Pagoda
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja ©
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 11th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then visit Higashichaya Old Town, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle Hashizume Gate Tsuzukiyagura, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip website.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kanazawa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Ishikawa Jumoku Park
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

3
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Sunset Owl Cafe (in Sennichimae) and Four-M (in Osaka). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip builder app.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, then take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji travel planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

Plan trip to Hiroshima with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 18:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

2
nights
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, examine the collection at Dejima, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip builder app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 20:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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